Twin Pick (Music Trivia Quiz) -- The Beachboys As An American Institution

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A couple weeks back, I described that there is a big difference between the music charts in the USA and in Great Britain. We tend to think that what is popular in one English speaking country is, likewise, a monster hit in another English speaking land. Nope. That is not always the case.

Previously we looked at the Beatles and Elvis. We are going to look at another American super group that is as all American as motherhood and apple pie. The Beachboys are favorites and national icons as a band. I remember when then President Ronald, and his wife Nancy, Reagan stood up for the group when James Watt, who was in the cabinet, canceled one of their performances saying that rock n' roll attracted an unsavory element. 

The Beachboys, a group comprised of brothers, cousins and friends, got their start in 1961 in Hawthorne, California. Late that same year their first national release, called "Surfin" cracked the top 100 at home. They had their first American #1 in 1964. While the song entered the top 10 in the UK, it would be two more years before the Beachboys would have a #1 song in Great Britain.

Our Twin-Pick quiz, as before, is in two parts. Remember, when you click on your answer, if you are wrong you will get a big raspberry. If you are right, the time machine takes you to a performance by the original artist performing the original hit. We call this a self-scoring quiz. You know on the spot if you are right or wrong. Do let us know how you did in the comments below.

Question 1: The Beachboys were known for performing songs about teenagers, school, cars and surfing. Which of the following three songs became the top hit, and their first #1 in the USA, on Independence day 1964?

 A. Be True to Your School

B. I Get Around

C. Fun, Fun, Fun

Question 2: The Beachboys first UK #1 came about on November 3, 1966. Which song are we talking about here?

A. Good Vibrations

B. Help Me Rhonda

C. Wouldn't It Be Nice

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Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Raven DeCroe

May 27, 2009 02:16 PM #1
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I do not believe it but I am actually able to reply to this. First time all day on explorer. Thanks to Raven for setting it straight.

May 27, 2009 02:23 PM #2
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Got the US one right:) UK totally stunk up the joint:(

May 28, 2009 10:38 AM #3
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Wow! Two for two! Am I good or what? Cool posts. I cannot remember if the Carpenters ever made it big in UK. I know they were popular here in the states. Maybe you do a 'feature' on them if you are so inclined... Hint! Hint! 

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

May 28, 2009 08:22 PM #4
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr Michael,

I will either have the boss do that for you, OR, I will sing my version of "Please Mr Postman."

The Nutsy one

May 29, 2009 02:00 AM #5
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Not to bad, one right and one wrong.  Good Vibrations was a hit everywhere.

May 31, 2009 03:56 PM #6
Jack Sterback
Coldwell Banker Select professionals, Lancaster , PA. - West Lancaster, PA
Relocation Specialist

One right one wrong.  All good hits!!!  Saws these guys in concert in their younger days.  super concert!

Feb 27, 2010 02:11 AM #7
Rusty Wright
KELER WILLIAMS Elite - Lancaster, PA

Finally got one right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This groups music will NEVER grow old, only the audience!!!!!!!!!

Mar 09, 2010 11:06 PM #8
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